School to School Support

The South West Teaching School Alliance is committed to helping all schools improve through rigorous data sharing and evidence informed practice. CPD, networking and data sharing provide the opportunities to learn from the very best practice in our alliance.

Subject Networks have been established across the Alliance in the following areas:

English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, RE, Computer Science, Performing Arts, Sixth Form, Vocational Education, MFL, SEND, Primary and Data.

Do contact for further details of who is leading these networks, contact emails and details of scheduled meetings.

Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE)

As a Teaching School, we have accredited the following SLEs who are all outstanding Middle Leaders with experience of successfully developing teaching and learning and leadership in their own schools and beyond. SLEs are offering a free half-day audit visit to schools to identify specific needs and draw up a targeted action plan for whatever support is needed.

Our current SLEs and specialisms:

Name School Specialism
Scott Davies Kingsbridge Community College English
Dragica Mayo Kingsbridge Community College MFL
Jon Keogh Ivybridge Community College Maths
Jonathan Lunn Ted Wragg Trust SWTSA, DTSA Data
Ian Hartley Plympton Academy RE and PSHE
Tom Kershaw Ivybridge Community College Sixth Form
Karen Sewell Kingsbridge Community College SEND
Abby Bartlett Plymstock School Geography
Sam Eyre Coombeshead Academy Art
Briony Vallis St Peters Exeter Drama


Further details about the team can be found by clicking here.

Challenge Partners

Challenge Partners have also accredited CPSLs (Challenge Partnership Specialist Leaders) who in our view also meet the SLE standards and schools have either been formally accredited or have self-nominated Departments of Excellence and are happy to be contacted for assistance.  All these are listed in the SWTSA Directory of Excellence.

If you wish to deploy one of our SLEs or CPSLs or are interested in finding out how to become an SLE please contact Sophie Rae (

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